The nickname “Xbone” for the Xbox One has been met with a mixed reception at Microsoft. Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb considers it “disrespectful”, but Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer has conceded that it’s likely to stick.
“At first, I guess the thing that bugged me the most is I didn’t see it,” Spencer told GameSpot. “I’d been looking at the name for Xbox One for months, and I wasn’t clever enough to merge them and come up with ‘Xbone’.
“I think it’s going to stick. I think we can say we don’t like it as much as we want, but it’s a clever use of the name,” Spencer said. “Probably not the most flattering name, but I think it’s going to be there.”
Major Nelson was less conciliatory. Of the nickname, Nelson said, “I don’t like it… it disrespects the teams that have put in thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product. Sure, it’s cheeky but I don’t care for it myself.”
Nonetheless, Microsoft has registered the Xbone.com domain name.